• March is National Ladder Safety Month

    March 15, 2018

    March is National Ladder Safety Month, an opportunity to promote awareness, training, and education to prevent ladder-related injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year in the United States, more than 500 thousand people are treated for and about 300 people die from ladder-related injuries. The Authority has ladder safety resources available from our Training Department, while the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has a program to address falls in the workplace.

    For more information on National Ladder Safety Month, and to find out how agencies can promote responsible use of ladders, both in the workplace and at home, visit the American Ladder Institute’s website dedicated to this issue.

  • Executive Academy 2018 Registration Open

    March 15, 2018

    The Authority’s Executive Academy for 2018 is now open for registration. The academy, which is designed for current or soon-to-be city managers and chief executives, will be held on April 11 – 13, 2018 at the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara. The Executive Academy offers a unique opportunity for the chief executives of the Authority’s member agencies to network with each other while exchanging information on current challenges and practical solutions. Topics covered at this academy include key steps to effective succession planning, public relations and dealing with the media, and how the California JPIA can assist in protecting member agencies. Note that the academy is limited to 25 participants and the registration deadline is March 22, 2018. To register, visit the Executive Academy website. For more information, contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, via email or at (562) 467-8777.

  • LinkedIn Discussion Group: Encroachment Permits and Insurance

    March 8, 2018

    When dealing with the issue of encroachment on agency property, the Authority has specific recommendations regarding risk transfer. However, Authority members sometimes struggle to obtain appropriate insurance from individuals (particularly homeowners) or entities who want to encroach on agency property. Members can share their thoughts on how to effectively transfer risk associated with encroachment on the Authority’s LinkedIn discussion group page.

  • The Authority Announces New Training Courses for 2018

    March 7, 2018

    The Authority is pleased to announce the development of new instructor-led training courses for 2018. Members may register for these and other trainings on myJPIA via the training calendar. The new courses are:

    • Accident Investigation
    • HAZWOPER First Responder – Awareness Level and Operations Level
    • Introduction to Cal/OSHA and Conducting Safety Inspections
    • Driver Safety

    The Authority’s newsletter has more detailed descriptions of these new courses. For more information or questions regarding training, contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist, via email or at (562) 467-8775.

  • Updated Annual Contribution and Retrospective Computations Available on Website

    February 21, 2018

    Both Primary Liability Program and Primary Workers’ Compensation Program annual contributions and retrospective computations for the 2018-19 coverage period are available on the Authority’s website in the Resources and Documents Library and on the Cost Allocation pages

    Annual contributions, which provide the pool with necessary resources for the defense and payment of claims, are calculated based on an actuarial study of member claim experience. The contributions were approved by the Executive Committee at its November 15, 2017 meeting. 

    Retrospective computations are based on the ongoing claim development of past coverage periods and can result in either an additional deposit or a refund. Adjustments are calculated once a year in October. 

    The 2018-19 Annual Contribution Invoice Summary, which includes any retrospective adjustment amounts, will be available in the spring. For questions, contact the Authority’s Financial Analyst, Lam Le, via email or at (562) 467-8729.

  • Retroreflectivity of Traffic Signs and Pavement Markings

    February 21, 2018

    In various cities throughout the state of California, some signs and pavement markings are difficult to see during the day, and even more so at night. The California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD) addresses maintaining minimum retroreflectivity of signs, but at the moment, there are no similar requirements for minimum standards for pavement markings. While there are no federally required minimum levels of retroreflectivity for these markings, Authority members are advised to include both signs and pavement markings in their street inspection and maintenance process. The Authority will notify members when the CA MUTCD is updated to include information on minimum pavement marking retroreflectivity. For questions on this topic, members can contact their assigned risk manager.

  • LinkedIn Discussion Group: Third-Party Transportation Providers

    February 13, 2018

    Some agencies use third-party transportation providers for excursions and outings, such as taking senior citizens to museums; taking youth to the beach, camps, or water parks during the summer; and taking youth leagues to tournaments. However, providing transportation comes with significant liability exposure.

    Members can log onto the Authority’s members-only LinkedIn discussion group page to share their thoughts on protecting their agencies and ensuring the safety of passengers when using a third-party transportation provider.

  • Revised Resource: Contractual Risk Transfer Manual

    February 13, 2018

    The Authority recently revised its Contractual Risk Transfer Manual. The manual, which was last updated in 2016, contains several updates, including new automobile liability limits for service work adjacent to or impacting roadways, and updated indemnity language in the professional service agreement section. The purpose of the manual is to guide the user in writing proper insurance specifications for contracts and obtaining insurance compliance. The manual also assists members in answering questions related to insurance specifications and indemnity, and helps with processes and techniques for allocating risk using risk transfer principles. Members are encouraged to share the manual with their legal counsel and staff that have a role in contract development or execution.  

    The Contractual Risk Transfer Manual is available electronically via the Authority's website (select "Risk Transfer" on the "Category Search" drop-down list). Members may choose to download an electronic version and/or print the entire manual. All prior versions should be replaced with this new version to ensure consistency with agency policy.   

    For questions about this resource, members should contact their regional Risk Manager.

  • DOT Amends Employee Drug Testing Requirements

    February 6, 2018

    The Department of Transportation (DOT) has published its long-awaited final rule amending its drug testing program for DOT-regulated employers. The new DOT rule makes the following significant changes:

    • adding four semi-synthetic opioids (hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and oxymorphone) to the drug testing panel, which is “intended to help address the nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse” and create safer conditions for transportation industries and the public;
    • adding methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) as an initial test analyte because, in addition to being considered a drug of abuse, it is a metabolite of methylenedioxyethylamphetaime (MDEA) and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (“MDMA”), and such testing potentially acts as a deterrent;
    • removing testing for MDEA from the existing drug testing panel;
    • removing the requirement for employers and consortium/third party administrators (C/TPAs) to submit blind specimens in order to relieve unnecessary burdens on employers, C/TPAs, and other parties; and
    • adding three “fatal flaws” to the list of when a laboratory would reject a specimen and modifying the “shy bladder” process so that the collector will discard certain questionable specimens.

    The new rule went into effect on January 1, 2018. Employers who comply with DOT standards when drug testing should modify their drug testing policies accordingly. More information about this rule can be found on the DOT’s website.

  • The Authority Launches New Features in myJPIA

    February 5, 2018

    Authority members will now be able to use new features in myJPIA, including a personalized dashboard that allows easy access to key metrics and information for members who perform a primary role for their agency, such as city manager, executive director, human resources director, etc. Other features include instant access to LossCAP items, enhanced search filters for the Resources and Documents Library, annual contribution and payroll information, and more.

    For questions regarding these new features, contact Carl Sandstrom, Business Projects Manager, by email or at (562) 467-8718.

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